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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: SpellForce
The real-time strategy and role-playing hybrid series SpellForce is returning to E3. A few new screens and concept art pieces were also released, showing Grimlore Games’ progress. SpellForce 3 is a prequel that takes place in Eo, and as before, players create an upgradeable, customizable hero who will take on quests for experience and items. They will also form a squad with three other heroes and conquer sectors, whose resources they will manage, directing the inhabitants as to what to harvest and where to send the goods. Armies will also be created within the sectors to invade neighboring regions in order to spread the player’s influence during the 30-hour campaign. Online co-op and versus play will also be supported.
Nordic Games has bowed to the power that is Diablo and delayed the launch of SpellForce 2’s second standalone add-on, Faith in Destiny. Originally scheduled to launch on May 15, Nordic has acknowledged that gamers, and they themselves, will be too busy slaying the minions of hell in Blizzard’s Diablo III and felt it best to hold off the release until June 19. While Nordic would like to launch sooner, they state that their internal schedule did not allow for an earlier release.
Nordic Games GmbH has acquired the “brands, products and selected subsidiaries” of both JoWooD and The Adventure Company. The companies will become publishing labels within Nordic Games GmbH, who plans on bringing back some of the studios’ more popular franchises, including Arcania, Painkiller, Neighbours From Hell, Panzer Elite, SpellForce, and The Guild.